Freshcare operates as an industry benefit organisation, providing assurance standards for the Australian fresh produce industry.
Freshcare started as an on-farm food safety program developed by fresh produce industry experts, in response to the need for a practical, cost effective, industry focussed food safety program. Based on GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles, Freshcare was designed to allow it to be implemented by all grower businesses, regardless of crops, size of operation or location in Australia.
Freshcare’s practical approach to helping growers and packers assure customers that their produce is safe to eat and sustainably grown has seen thousands of fresh produce businesses adopt the Freshcare program since its launch in July 2000.
Freshcare is Australia’s largest fresh produce assurance program, and since its’ humble beginnings has continued to develop and progress and now provides a suite of assurance standards for the Australian fresh produce and wine industries, which include:
- Freshcare Food Safety & Quality – On-farm Standard – Edition 4 (FSQ4)*
- Freshcare Food Safety & Quality – Supply Chain Standard – Edition 1 (SC1)*
- Freshcare Environmental – On-farm Standard – Edition 3 (ENV3)
- Freshcare Environmental – Viticulture Standard – Edition 2 (ENV-VIT)
- Freshcare Environmental – Winery Standard – Edition 2 (ENV-WIN)
Freshcare provides science based, practical, prescriptive standards, supported by user-friendly resources and a required training component, to ensure they are consistently delivered to industry. The Freshcare Standards undergo regular reviews, to ensure the most current science is incorporated, the Standards remains practical and relevant for industry and comply with the requirements of its many users including growers, packers, processing, supply chain, retail and export market sectors.
Exciting new projects and developments, including benchmarking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), will ensure Freshcare continues to grow and fulfill the requirements of domestic and international markets.
*Whilst all Freshcare Standards had historically operated as private certification, the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Standards (FSQ4 and SC1), are approved by JAS-ANZ (The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) to operate as accredited standards under ISO/IEC17065:2012.
Importantly for industry, being an accredited standard has allowed Freshcare to then seek benchmark status to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), that benchmark process in turn allowing the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Standards (FSQ4 and SC1) to be approved base standards under HARPS.